Cleaning Your Food Before Consumption

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Written by: Selective Micro Technologies 

The sun is shining and you can finally leave the house to soak up some Vitamin D without freezing. Your thoughts are turning to farmer’s markets, picnics, and barbeques. You know that you’ve got to get that spring cleaning done and out of the way before these things happen. One of the most important things to clean this spring is the food you eat.

Unfortunately, you don’t always know where your food was grown or with what type of pesticide/insecticide it may have been sprayed, so it’s extremely important to thoroughly wash your fruits and veggies. The Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce ™ lists the “Dirty Dozen Plus” ™ for 2013 – those fresh foods that are still contaminated with amounts of toxic pesticides – especially organophosphates and even residues of organochlorine pesticides that were phased out of agriculture in the 70s and 80s.   It’s always good to go organic, but do not assume that all food at farmer’s markets are grown organically.  They DO use pesticides and insecticides, and assume they do so, unless they specifically tell you they don’t. 

You might not want to rely on the word of the young kids who frequently man those stalls – talk to the farmer herself.  Here’s the list of foods to be particularly concerned with:

  • Apples                                                    
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Imported Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Kale/Collard Greens/Leafy Greens
  • Summer squash (including Yellow Crookneck) 

What is your cleaning regime for your family?

Use this idea for cleaning appliances to prevent spoilage: 

FDA approved pure chlorine dioxide from SMT (Selective Micro Technologies) is the perfect way to make sure you wash away the microbes that may be on your food. Another thing to not forget this spring is disinfecting. When deep cleaning things like your fridge or microwave, it’s pertinent to also remove bacteria that may be lurking behind. Once you scrub away any grime you can see with the naked eye, spraying on chlorine dioxide to disinfect is that final step to making sure you also remove the microbes you cannot see. These microbes that get left behind, even after cleaning, are what cause your fruits and veggies to spoil early causing illness in your home.

The reason we recommend using pure chlorine dioxide (ClO2) over other commonly known disinfectants, is that it is more effective and environmentally-aware than most any other disinfectant, additionally presenting the added benefit of deodorizing the foul smells typically left behind. In summary, SMT offers OMRI organic certified pure chlorine dioxide as well as other FDA approvals and EPA registrations and as they pertain to use of both food and non-food contact surfaces.